A retrospective review of factors associated with response to phototherapy and PUVA for atopic eczema

K. F. Bedair, R. S. Dawe (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Abstract

There is randomised study evidence that narrowband ultraviolet B (NB-UVB) is effective for eczema. A small controlled study did not detect an efficacy difference between bath 8-MOP PUVA (psoralen drug with the main effects limited to the skin as the drug is 'activated' there by ultraviolet A [UVA] exposure) and NB-UVB. Another small randomised study showed that 5-MOP oral PUVA worked better than medium-dose ultraviolet A1 (UVA1). A systematic review concluded that NB-UVB and ultraviolet A1 were the most effective phototherapies for eczema and pointed out the limited comparative evidence regarding PUVA.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPhotodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Sep 2020

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